1915 – 2003

He was born in Scotsburn, N.S. and was a graduate of the Pictou Academy, Pictou, N.S., Acadia University and The Presbyterian College, Montreal. He was ordained as a minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada by the Presbytery of Montreal on April 12, 1939. He was the minister of the Harvey Station, N.B., pastoral charge from 1939-42 after which he served as a chaplain in the Royal Canadian Navy until 1945. He then served as the minister of St. Andrew’s, Moncton, N.B., St. Andrew’s, Cobourg, Ont., and Calvin Church, Halifax, where he was minister from 1957 until 1982 when he retired. In 1976 he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The Presbyterian College, Montreal.

During his ministry, he also served as a chaplain of the Reserve Army in Moncton and Halifax and at Dorchester Penitentiary, N.B. He was a member of the Mission Board, a member of the senate of The Presbyterian College and served on the board of the Coverdale Foundation for many years; recently he was honoured for 50 years of service to Coverdale. He was Moderator of the Synod of the Atlantic Provinces in 1952-53. Dr. MacLean will be remembered for his love for Christ and the church, for mission and new church development, for his care in preparing for leading in worship, for his devotion to pastoral care and for his sense of humour.